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  Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Korolev, a high risk proposition
By Luis Fernández

On href=/profile//> June href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 16th, href=/profile//> Jonathan href=/profile//> Givony href=/profile//> voiced href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> DraftExpress.com href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> possible href=/profile//> promise href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 12th href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Clippers href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Yaroslav href=/profile//> Korolev, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> super href=/profile//> talented, href=/profile//> 6-9 href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> Moscow. href=/profile//> Since href=/profile//> then, href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> sources href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> claiming href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> promise href=/profile//> looks href=/profile//> real. href=/profile//>

Let's href=/profile//> remember href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Yaroslav href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> turned href=/profile//> 18 href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> old, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> barely href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> CSKA's href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> action href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> junior href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> So, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> promise href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> true, href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> precedents href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> situation. href=/profile//> No href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> lottery href=/profile//> pick, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> draftee, href=/profile//> lacked href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> drafted. href=/profile//> Perhaps href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> closest href=/profile//> example href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> Nikoloz href=/profile//> Tskitishvili, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> I'm href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> sure href=/profile//> that's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> name href=/profile//> nobody href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> liked href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> read href=/profile//> here, href=/profile//> particularly href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> Clippers href=/profile//> fan. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Georgian, href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> benchwarmer href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Treviso, href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> international href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian. href=/profile//>

Of href=/profile//> course href=/profile//> Korolev href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> different href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> defined href=/profile//> role href=/profile//> (he's href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> small href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> fundamentals. href=/profile//> But href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> makes href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> wonder href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Clippers href=/profile//> (I href=/profile//> insist, href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> promise href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> true) href=/profile//> handle href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> development. href=/profile//> Some href=/profile//> quotes href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player href=/profile//> suggest href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> intention href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> away. href=/profile//> So href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> ends href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Clippers’ href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> LA href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> day href=/profile//> one? href=/profile//> On href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> pieces href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> playoff href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> contracts href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Sterling's href=/profile//> nightmares href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> daily href=/profile//> basis, href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> count href=/profile//> me href=/profile//> amongst href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> doubters. href=/profile//>

Furthermore, href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> remember href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> Jermaine href=/profile//> O’Neal’s href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Portland href=/profile//> was? href=/profile//> That's href=/profile//> right: href=/profile//> Poppa href=/profile//> Dunleavy. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> news href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> current href=/profile//> Pacer href=/profile//> turned href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> all-star, href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> case href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> developed href=/profile//> "right.” href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> forget href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> happy href=/profile//> ending href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> Oregon. href=/profile//>

Back href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Korolev. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> question href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> ask href=/profile//> yourself href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> wild href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> environment, href=/profile//> whether href=/profile//> it’s href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> off href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> court. href=/profile//> If href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> least href=/profile//> you href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> feel href=/profile//> here href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> concerned. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> kid, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> ago href=/profile//> seemed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tendency href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> frustrated href=/profile//> easily href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> things href=/profile//> didn't href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> expected. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> L'Hospitalet href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> (from href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> reported href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> performance), href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> Tournament, href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Russian href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> competitions href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> weren’t href=/profile//> demanding href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> such href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> youth href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> juniors. href=/profile//>

But href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> less href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> ago, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Zaragoza, href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Russia href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> stronger href=/profile//> squads href=/profile//> filled href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> kids href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> older href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> disappointing, href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> display href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> bit href=/profile//> frustrated. href=/profile//> Just href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> record; href=/profile//> Nemanja href=/profile//> Aleksandrov, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> wasn’t href=/profile//> able href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> live href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> expectations href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> then, href=/profile//> looked href=/profile//> ten href=/profile//> times href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> him. href=/profile//>

While href=/profile//> Yaroslav href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> matured, href=/profile//> it’s href=/profile//> hard href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> clear href=/profile//> picture href=/profile//> without href=/profile//> seeing href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> tested href=/profile//> properly href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> decent href=/profile//> competition href=/profile//> first. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> character href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> complete href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> perfect href=/profile//> equation href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> failure href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he's href=/profile//> thrown href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> point. href=/profile//> And href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> leaving href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> weighed. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> option href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> actually href=/profile//> shouldn’t href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> bad. href=/profile//> We href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> precedent href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Andrei href=/profile//> Kirilenko, href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> similar href=/profile//> age href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> seasons href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Russia href=/profile//> afterwards, href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> develop href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> allstar href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> seasons href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Utah. href=/profile//>

On href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> hand, href=/profile//> it's href=/profile//> true href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> Sergei href=/profile//> Monya, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> barely href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> selected href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Blazers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> (although href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> suffered href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> healthy href=/profile//> issues href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> lose href=/profile//> ground href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rotation).Yet href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> dig href=/profile//> deeper href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> we'll href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> CSKA href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> recent href=/profile//> history, href=/profile//> hosting href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> Final href=/profile//> Four, href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> invested href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> amount href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> money href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> build href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> squad href=/profile//> coached href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> highly href=/profile//> demanding href=/profile//> Dusan href=/profile//> Ivkovic. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> wasn't href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> favorable href=/profile//> environment href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> youngster href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Monya. href=/profile//>

For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> campaign, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> Ettore href=/profile//> Messina href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> man href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> charge. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Italian href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> bringing href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> Andrea href=/profile//> Bargnani href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> couple href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> seasons href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Treviso, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> results. href=/profile//> Furthermore, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> Manu href=/profile//> Ginobili href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Marko href=/profile//> Jaric href=/profile//> under href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> guidance href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Bologna href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> seasons href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> spent href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> mature href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> then. href=/profile//> Anyway, href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> doesn’t href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> bad href=/profile//> credentials href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> me. href=/profile//>

The href=/profile//> Los href=/profile//> Angeles href=/profile//> Clippers, href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> professional href=/profile//> organization, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> aware href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> issue. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> fans href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> too; href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> intriguing href=/profile//> reports, href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> profile href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> it’s href=/profile//> easy href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> fall href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> love href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guy href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> picture href=/profile//> unreachable href=/profile//> goals. href=/profile//> Let’s href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> hope href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Korolev href=/profile//> himself, href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> defined href=/profile//> developing href=/profile//> plan href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> realistic href=/profile//> expectations href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> upcoming href=/profile//> years. href=/profile//> Otherwise, href=/profile//> frustration href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> outcome href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> both href=/profile//> sides.

 
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